Jennifer Ghelfi – De Smedt

Chief Culture Officer focused on aligning strategy, people, and culture. With extensive organization and leadership development expertise, Jennifer brings insights into why organization changes are often incremental instead of transformative.

Through qualitative and quantitative data analysis and through use of open dialogue and coaching, Jennifer uncovers behavioral patterns that may hinder performance. She offers comprehensive, measurable solutions to individuals, teams, and organizations. With in-depth, values-based coaching and use of instruments, she partners with executive leaders to develop winning strategies and maps them to customized, behaviorally specific plans of action.


Jennifer has spent nearly 20 years as an organization and leadership development coach. Prior to starting Cultivate ConsultingĀ®, Jennifer held leadership positions within the Human Resources and Organization Development functions of several high-tech, bio-tech, and consumer products companies including McKesson, Oracle, NET (, and Corixa (acquired by GSK). In addition, she has worked in start-ups in the collaborative marketing and advertising, and non-profit industries where she designed and established fully functioning HR departments including the establishment of full employee lifecycle programs.

She has created and facilitated customized professional development programs to enhance organizational skills and learning.


Bio-tech, high-tech, Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Non-profit


Company culture design and development, Leadership and Team Development, Executive coaching, facilitation, performance management, succession planning.


MHROD, Master of Human Resources and Organization Development, University of San Francisco

BA, in Industrial & Organizational Psychology. Minor in Human Resources Management, San Francisco State University

Certified in multiple assessment instruments